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In the sphere of Energy, Environment and Resources, change is a constant. Events in recent years underscore how quickly and acutely these changes affect businesses and consumers in the United States and around the world. Duane Morris, as both advisor and advocate, guides clients through complex legal, financial, practical and political issues.

Energy

Bringing energy to market requires more than advanced technology and raw resources. Regardless of the fuel source - fossil fuels, nuclear power, waste or renewable sources - all energy producers must also deal with government oversight, fluctuating market conditions and surging demand. Those who regulate energy markets must appreciate and channel the external pressures facing the industry and, in forming energy policy, they must carefully weigh the impact that changes to energy law can have on businesses, consumers and the environment while advancing energy security and technological innovation.

For both producers and policymakers, as well as industry participants and consumers, Duane Morris attorneys help manage the dynamic challenges of the energy market. Our attorneys counsel our clients on regulations, transactions, litigation, siting, project development, facility construction, operation, financing, taxation, government relations and policy matters concerning energy. Our attorneys draw upon legal and industry experience to find creative solutions to meet our clients' needs.

Electricity

Duane Morris attorneys advise clients on the legal, practical and business issues surrounding electricity generation, transmission, distribution, policy, regulation, sale and consumption. Our experience includes representation of domestic and international producers, federal and state regulatory agencies, independent electric transmission system operators, publicly owned utility companies, conventional and alternative energy developers, demand response providers, end users and others. Our attorneys draw upon industry experience gained from work for governmental agencies and with private and public electricity companies.

In addition to serving clients within the United States, the firm represents international clients in energy projects and other energy-related matters throughout the world.

Natural Gas and LNG

Read about the development outlook for Pennsylvania's Marcellus ShaleDuane Morris attorneys understand the challenges of producing, transporting, storing and distributing natural gas to businesses and consumers in the United States and around the world. Duane Morris provides strategic legal and business counsel to the entire spectrum of participants in the natural gas, LNG and biogas business cycle.

We assist clients with exploration and production issues, gathering, processing and transportation issues, project development, finance, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory counsel, transactional and litigation services for complex natural gas, LNG and biogas projects.

Oil

Duane Morris has long served clients in the oil industry. Our attorneys draw upon a combination of legal and industry experience to represent clients in regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies and international forums. With the resources of a global firm, our Energy Practice can help clients in a variety of corporate acquisitions, including the leasing, purchase and sale of undeveloped and producing properties, gathering and processing systems, pipelines and other significant assets as well as due diligence, bids and related financing issues. Throughout the entire business cycle, Duane Morris attorneys have extensive experience in assisting clients with matters concerning oil exploration, facility construction, distribution, refining, import/export, financing and related transactions.

Nuclear

Duane Morris lawyers' experience in the nuclear arena ranges from the boardroom to the control room, from the nuclear island to the turbine floor. Our lawyers advise clients on all aspects of the legal and business issues surrounding the siting, financing, construction and operation of electricity generation facilities, the regulation of distribution, sale and consumption, and issues concerning nuclear waste. Our experience includes work for producers, regulatory agencies, independent system operators and publicly owned utility companies. We represent electric utilities and their operating subsidiaries in regulatory proceedings before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Our firm has a strong technological foundation, boasting dozens of attorneys with engineering degrees, including experienced nuclear engineers, and others who have worked directly in nuclear plants in technical, supervisory and managerial roles.

Renewable Energy and Sustainability


Worldwide demand for energy continues to increase dramatically, even as traditional sources of energy are diminishing. Concurrently, global, national and state-level concerns with climate change have raised the level of interest in reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. To meet these emerging challenges, governments, businesses and consumers are joining the movement to develop energy from renewable sources and to conserve energy where possible. Technological advances, legislative requirements, incentives, and consumer demand have made renewable energy development possible, but innovative legal thinking is needed to make sustainable or renewable energy a reality.

Duane Morris attorneys are deeply involved in and committed to the renewable energy and conservation markets. From emerging businesses with innovative energy solutions to traditional energy companies seeking to develop new "green" and renewable energy sources, and from national and international government agencies to entrepreneurial individuals, Duane Morris serves a diverse constituency in the global energy economy.

Hydropower

Representation of hydropower owners involves the intersection of multiple disciplines, including energy, water, environmental, financial, political and, at times, litigation. Duane Morris lawyers have worked with and represented hydropower owners for more than 25 years. Our attorneys regularly practice before FERC and are very knowledgeable regarding how the commission functions. This experience, coupled with our years of dealing with water system, fishery regulations and stakeholder processes, positions our attorneys to comprehensively represent parties in hydropower proceedings.

Energy Facility Construction


The financing, planning and construction of any major infrastructure project is always highly scrutinized, multistaged and multifaceted. When a project's aim is to create a new facility to generate power, the scrutiny, complexity and potential for challenges increase exponentially. Whether in the early planning stages of a new energy plant or overseeing the construction of a facility that is beginning to take shape, having informed, savvy and experienced legal counsel is vital. Distributed and on-site cogeneration installations are also subject to a host of requirements that are best handled with the assistance of highly experienced counsel.

Duane Morris lawyers understand that undertaking projects large or small requires big-picture thinking partnered with dexterous handling and execution of finely drawn details. In working with clients regarding issues involving nuclear power, oil, gas, coal, biomass, wind, solar, or water, our lawyers bring skills from a broad range of disciplines to advise our clients throughout the many stages of energy facility construction projects.

Environment

When industry or government leaders need advice on environmental matters, Duane Morris attorneys are often the advisors and advocates turned to first. Members of our practice group represent clients with regulatory compliance, enforcement and transaction-related needs. Our attorneys also assist federal and state regulators and agencies in the formation and implementation of regulations and policy.

Our group has been involved in multibillion-dollar transactions and litigated significant cases on complex regulatory issues before government agencies and state and federal courts. Duane Morris attorneys have been members of, and frequently deal with, numerous agencies, committees, commissions and associations that impact our environmental clients.

Partners in our group have served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law and as chair of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.

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Natural Resources

The attorneys from Duane Morris' Natural Resources group counsel clients concerning their rights and obligations under federal environmental statutes and regulations, as well as similar state and local laws, and represent clients in related enforcement proceedings and litigation.

In particular, the Natural Resources group has assisted clients with developing endangered species mitigation banks, obtaining permitting associated with wetlands protection, creating habitat conservation plans and related plans for endangered species and negotiating mining and timber leases.

Our attorneys, with the capabilities and reach of a global law firm, can assist clients with complex water and natural resources legal problems at the local, national and international levels.

Water


One of society's oldest problems is managing water. Today, the challenge of water is not only supply, but also state and federal legislation, increasing regulatory control, supply-demand conflicts, emerging technologies and environmental concerns that accompany the fundamental question of water rights. The attorneys of the Duane Morris Water Practice address the intertwined interests of government, business and the community when legal issues involving water emerge.

Duane Morris Water attorneys assist clients in advisory, regulatory and litigation matters involving water, the environment and natural resources. With Duane Morris' broad capabilities, the Water Practice works closely with the lawyers in our Environmental, Natural Resources, Trial and Real Estate practices when our clients' complex legal and business issues require a multidisciplinary approach.


 

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Group Presentations
  Duane Morris Partner Sheila Slocum Hollis to Present at ABA Women's Day on the Hill, Washington, DC, June 23, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Hollis Will Moderate the "Supreme Court Roundup: Land, Air, Water and Jurisdiction" Panel at the 44th ABA Super Conference on Environmental Law, San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Hollis to Speak on "Canadian and Cross-Border Oversight of the Canadian and U.S. Energy Markets" at the 12th Annual Canadian Oil Sands Summit, Calgary, AB, February 10, 2015
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Hollis to Speak at the "Women Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law" Conference, New Orleans, January 21, 2015
 
 
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FERC Sets Ginna Nuclear Facility Agreement for Hearing
Dennis J. Hough,Stephen L. Teichler, April 22, 2015
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) continues to look askance at utility requests for guaranteed income streams for their generation resources. Most recently, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, LLC (Ginna) received a lukewarm reception to its request to establish a rate...

Lawyer in Vietnam Oliver Massmann Renewable Energy
Oliver Massmann, March 30, 2015
In accordance with the growth of Vietnam’s economy and population, the country is thirsting for energy. Vietnam’s energy requirement increases by approx. 15% per annum. In 2008, the growth of the Gross National Product has almost doubled. It is expected that a further increase by at...

Electricity Policy Shifts Are Gaining Momentum in New York
Dennis J. Hough,Stephen L. Teichler, March 26, 2015
In what is likely to be a harbinger of changes to status quo retail electricity markets, services and grid planning, the New York State Public Service Commission (New York PSC) adopted a new policy framework that would significantly influence the development of the electricity industry for years to...

Lawyer in Vietnam Oliver Massmann Energy Sector
Oliver Massmann, March 25, 2015
Vietnam’s rapid development led at the same time to a continuous increase of energy requirement, both in the private sector and in the industry. Since then, the consumption of electricity has been rising by 15% per annum and, as a result, has considerably exceeded the economic growth rate....

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Oliver Massmann, March 25, 2015
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California Enacts Comprehensive Groundwater Management Legislation
Jolie-Anne S. Ansley,Thomas M. Berliner,Colin L. Pearce, October 28, 2014
On September 16, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a historic package of three bills—Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739—instituting comprehensive groundwater management in California. The legislation represents perhaps the most significant...